Wonder Man?

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Wonder Man, Simon Williams, was created by writer Stan Lee and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The Avengers #9 (1964). The character, who was initially introduced as a supervillain imbued with ionic energy, fought against the Avengers and after a series of events, he joined the team. There have been multiple Wonder Man characters from several comic book companies, but this one is the one that stuck.

So… Wonder Man, eh? I mean, sure… I guess. Wonder Man has never been a favorite of my, but I’ve never disliked him either. He was just there. A background character or a simple plot device. Never anything special, although some of his incarnations have been better than others. Wonder Man isn’t anything that I’ve been clamoring for, and I’ll check it out, but it’s not on my must-see list. Without the Avengers, I wonder how they’ll introduce him into the MCU, that will make or break the character. We shall see.

Wolverine and the X-Men: The Best X-Men Series

Wolverine and the X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men

Today, in the stationary mobile command cave, we are screening the first few episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men. This is a show that was pulled off of the air far before its time. Well animated, and perfectly plotted, the series took a new spin on an old favorite. It wasn’t a continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, nor was it related to X-Men: Evolution. The only  thing unchanged between this iteration and the previous, Evolution, was the return of Meghan Black as the voice of Rouge. Along with that link to a previous show came the voice of Steven Blum, as Logan, to firmly anchor us into this new reality for the team. His voice gives the show a solid amount of gravitas from the very beginning.

The character development is really solid. It does rely on you being familiar with the characters from the beginning, but it does fill the audience in as the series moves along it’s plot arc. Slowly you find out past events that lead to the current issues, and even the far flung future, ala Days of Future Past.

I won’t get through the entire series today, we have a Back to the Future trilogy marathon planned, so I’ll jump forward and praise the finale. The show ended on such a strong note that it’s even more unfortunate that we didn’t get a second season. No spoilers if you haven’t seen it, but a nod and wink to those who did. Like Young Justice, this one deserves another shot but it being Disney I just don’t know that it will.

Being one of the few fans of the original team, they are represented along the way.